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Roth earns NCHC sportsmanship award, Perunovich splits three stars award

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After handing out its Postgraduate Scholarship last Thursday, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) revealed the winners of its first three individual awards on Monday, with Minnesota Duluth collecting two. UMD junior forward Kobe Roth was selected the NCHC's 2019-20 Sportsmanship Award winner.

The junior Warroad native played in all 34 games for UMD this season while not committing a single penalty. In fact, Roth has only three minor penalties in his 106-game career, two of which came as a freshman, and he has never committed a major penalty. This season, Roth racked up a career-high 13 goals, third on the team, and a career-best 21 points with a +6 plus/minus.

In addition, junior Scott Perunovich will split the NCHC Three Stars Award with UND's Jordan Kawaguchi. They were the top two scorers in conference play, with Perunovich becoming the first defenseman to win the NCHC scoring title with 32 points, including a conference-best 28 assists. Perunovich, a St. Louis Blues prospect, is also a finalist to repeat as Offensive Defenseman of the Year. The Hibbing native was a five-time NCHC Defenseman of the Week during the season and is a finalist for the Hobey Baker award.

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